No Texas A&M Event Is Off-Limits, PETA Activists Crash Graduation Ceremony

Published by Zachary Toliver.

PETA supporters just created a moment for the dogs imprisoned inside laboratories at Texas A&M University (TAMU) who never get to walk. And graduates and their families will likely remember it forever.

Activists disrupted a TAMU commencement ceremony to protest the university’s cruel muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory, in which dogs are bred to have this disease so that they can be experimented on.

An activist—shouting, “Shut the dog lab down now!”—ran down the aisle between the graduates and approached the stage as a university administrator was speaking. At the same time, two other protesters unfurled a huge banner, which read, “TAMU: Stop Cruel Dog Tests.”

This is the latest action to protest more than three decades of breeding and torturing sick dogs.

Joe Kornegay has been experimenting on dogs he’s deliberately bred to develop a canine form of this painful and crippling disease. After 35 years, there is no treatment that reverses symptoms—let alone a cure—for MD in humans.

Eyewitness video footage obtained by PETA shows dogs in his laboratory struggling to walk and swallow.

From football games to board meetings to fancy dinners, PETA supporters have kept the pressure on TAMU to shut down its cruel and senseless experiments on dogs. Until the university commits to using only modern, animal-free research methods that will actually help people, it can expect activists to show up at any given time.

PETA supporters like you can help end these experiments.

It makes no sense to dote on some animals as “companions” while condemning others to be treated as tools in experiments—they’re all individuals deserving of respect.

Please, join PETA in urging the university to close this dog laboratory, stop breeding MD-afflicted dogs, and release all dogs for adoption into good homes.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind